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My name is Steve and I moved to Oahu in April of 2016, a time when my life was not in a good place. Then I discovered the wonders of hiking on Oahu and Hawaii and the incredible joy and beauty that comes with it. This is what inspired me...

 

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Hikes

August 12, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 3-5 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1900 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Narrow Ridges, Steep Scrambles, Possible Mud

Sights: Windward Side, Honolulu, Diamond Head

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Snack, Sunscreen, Long Pants

A lesser known hike near Honolulu, Manoa Middle is a classic ungraded Oahu ridge. A physically demanding trail coupled with steep scramb...

August 10, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Possibly muddy and slippery, Uneven footing

Sights: Honolulu, Ko'olau Range, GUAVA!!

What to Bring: Shoes you can get muddy

A short and easy hike located near Manoa, the Pu'u Pia trail will give you a nice taste of the wilderness--both figuratively and literally. The majority of the trail is shade...

July 22, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Traffic Density: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, Some Narrow Ridges

Sights: Pillboxes, Waianae Range, Mount Ka'ala

What to Bring: Water, Sunscreen

This short and sweet hike in Waianae is a great way to experience the beauties of the west side of Oahu without straining yourself too much. You follow a series of swit...

July 9, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2 MILES (Full Loop)

Elevation Gain: 200 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE (VERY HIGH near Blowhole)

Challenges: Sharp rock and uneven footing, Dangerous surf

Sights: Tidepools, Blowhole, Heart Shaped Rock

What to Bring: Closed toed shoes, Sunscreen, Water

This short, rocky coastal trail will give you a true appreciation of the seemingly random spectacl...

July 8, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 3 HOURS (One way)

Distance: 5 MILES (Point to Point)

Elevation Gain: 1500 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Shadeless, Some uneven footing

Sights: Maui Coastline

What to Bring: Sunscreen, Hat, Water, Snack

Located in central Maui, this point to point hike allows you to traverse the lower portion of the West Maui Mountains. Along the way you will get a great vantage point of...

July 7, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 650 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Muddy, Falling rocks around waterfall, Stream crossing

Sights: Bamboo Forest, Waimoku Falls

What to Bring: Water, Snack

Part of the Kipahulu district of Haleakala Park, this trail is often the final stop for many exploring Hana Highway. Despite the long drive to reach this place, it...

July 7, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 0.5 HOURS

Distance: 0.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 50 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Narrow Trail, Can be slippery

Sights: Red Sand Beach, Coastline

What to Bring: Towel, Sunscreen, Swimsuit

Kaihalulu Beach has a reputation along the Road to Hana (and not just because it's clothing optional), but because it is one of the few places you can see a beach with red sand. With a q...

July 5, 2019

A popular stop along the Road to Hana, Waiʻānapanapa State Park is famous for its beautiful natural scenery, particularly the famous Honokalani Black Sand Beach. But there is a lot more to this place than a quick photo op. Whether it is staring through a natural sea arch, exploring caves, feeling the power of a blowhole, meandering along a volcanic coastal trail or camping underneath the stars, Wa...

July 4, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-1.5 HOURS

Distance: 1.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 300 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH (lower at Upper Falls)

Challenges: Potentially muddy, Stream Crossings

Sights: The Falls!

What to Bring: Swimsuit and towel

A popular first stop on Maui's Road to Hana, this hike is a great taste of what is likely to be a day full of beautiful scenery and waterfalls. This location has a lot of little tre...

June 16, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 5-7 HOURS

Distance: 9 MILES

Elevation Gain: 2000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Somewhat Overgrown, Narrow Ridges, Potentially Muddy

Sights: Windward Side, Waianae Range, Honolulu

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Snack, Sunscreen, Long Pants

A conveniently located hike near Honolulu, this ridge is a great option for those looking for a low traffic challenging hike, b...

May 27, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED

Time: 1-2 DAYS

Distance: 18+ MILES

Elevation Gain: 7000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Endurance Challenge, Numerous River Crossings

Sights: Waimanu Valley, Waipi'o Valley, Wai'ilikahi Falls, 

What to Bring: Full Backpacking Gear

This long hike, located on the North Shore of the Big Island is best experienced as a multi-day backpacking excursion-- the beauty of this V...

May 25, 2019

Difficulty: INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1.5-3 HOURS (Hiking time)

Distance: 3.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1300 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Shadeless, All Uphill Return, Carrying Dive Gear

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Hiking Shoes, Sunscreen, Snack, Swimsuit, Towel, Snorkel Gear

Sights: Captain Cook Monument, Kealakekua Bay, Fishies, Spinner Dolphins

A hike with some historical significance, this trail takes...

May 23, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: ~1 HOUR

Distance: 0.8 MILES

Elevation Gain: 100 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Parking, Slippery and Uneven footing, Dangerous Surf

Sights: Tidepools, Turtles

What to Bring: Shoes with good grip, Swimsuit and towel

If you find yourself in the northern part of Kaua'i, a trek to Queen's Bath is a must do. Getting to the "bath" requires a short hike from a Princeville neighbor...

May 22, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER-INTERMEDIATE

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 2.4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 450 FEET

Foot Traffic: HIGH

Challenges: Some muddy and slippery scrambles, Uneven Footing, Socked in Views

Sights: Napali Coast!

What to Bring: Water

Located at the end of Koke'e State Park, this short trail leads you to the Pihea Overlook, the highest rimpoint in the Kalalau Valley, which gives you some magnificent Napa...

May 20, 2019

Difficulty: BEGINNER

Time: 1-2 HOURS

Distance: 4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 500 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Could be muddy

Sights: Mountains, trees, valleys oh my!

What to Bring: Water

Located near Kapa'a, the Kuilau Ridge Trail is a nice gradual ridge that ends at a beautiful lookout overlooking the surrounding valley, Mount Wai'ale'ale, and the Makaleha Mountain Range. Throughout your journey, yo...

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